About GST/HST NETFILE

GST/HST NETFILE is an Internet-based filing service that allows registrants to file their goods and services tax/ harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) returns and eligible rebates directly to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) over the Internet.

How does it work?

Registrants access the online forms through the Ready to file page and enter the required information. Once you have entered the data, you confirm that you want to file the information with the CRA. You will immediately get a confirmation number.

What are the advantages of using GST/HST NETFILE?

  • It's fast, easy, and secure.
  • You get immediate confirmation that we have received your information.
  • It's available seven days a week.
  • You get faster refunds. (Consider combining GST/HST NETFILE with direct deposit).

Who can use it?

GST/HST NETFILE is available to all GST/HST registrants, excluding those with accounts that are administered by Revenu Québec. For more information on whether you are able to use this service, go to Eligibility.

Is GST/HST NETFILE secure?

Yes. The CRA limits access to browsers supporting Transport Layer Security (TLS). TLS is a protocol that provides authentication, confidentially, and data integrity between communicating applications. Using the appropriate safeguards and configuration, TLS provides a method of transmitting data securely across networks. Effective implementation of TLS will assist in mitigating the most serious threats with web-based applications such as eavesdropping, data tampering, and message forgery. The CRA encourages you to upgrade to TLS 1.2 so that your system is as secure as possible.

Privacy Notice Statement

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Excise Tax Act and/or Québec Sales Tax Act (QSTA) for the purpose of filing your goods and services tax/ harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) and/or Québec sales tax (QST) returns and claiming eligible rebates. Please note that the Internet Protocol (IP) address will be collected, stored and used to identify the general location from where a return/rebate was filed from, to identify anomalies and/or inconsistencies that may warrant further review.

Information may also be used for the administration and enforcement of the ETA and/or QSTA and may be shared or verified with other government institutions as permitted by law. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in the delay or denial of refunds and/or rebates; penalties may also apply.

Information is described in personal information bank PPU 241 in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) chapter of Info Source. Personal information is protected under the Privacy Act and individuals have a right of protection, access to and correction or notation of their personal information. To view the CRA Info Source chapter and further details regarding requests for personal information at the CRA, go to Access to information and privacy at the Canada Revenue Agency.

Regarding information relative to the QST, its protection and access provisions are also covered in the Tax Administration Act and in the Access to Documents Held by Public Bodies and the Protection of Personal Information Act.

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